No home-tundra advantage

Bill's Rants

December 28, 2007

Once upon a time, when the NFL Films' "Voice of God," John Facenda, intoned about "frozen tundra," it was a given that Lambeau Field was a playoff home-field advantage like no other.

That would seem to be the case no more. Last weekend's Packers-Bears game at bitterly cold and blustery Soldier Field proved what Vince Lombardi could have never imagined.

When it comes to facing Old Man Winter, these Packers are wimps.

Even Brett Favre said as much.

Chicago, with Kyle Orton at quarterback, manhandled NFC North champion Green Bay, 35-7, and the weather was a key factor.

The culprit is the Packers' pass-oriented offense that has them second in the NFL in passing yards but No. 26 in rushing. In bad weather, particularly in high wind, Green Bay seems to have no Plan B.

The Packers, as the NFC's second seed, have to play at least one home playoff game. But off that showing in Chicago, if the ground of Lambeau Field is, in fact, a frozen and windy tundra, quite possibly it'll be the enemy that benefits.

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